Keeping It Heel has five reasons that fans should be excited about the UNC basketball program this season. The start of the 2021-22 college basketball season is just over a week away, and hoops fans across the nation are teeming with excitement.
The UNC basketball program faced off with the Florida Gators on Saturday in a friendly preseason tune-up. The North Carolina Tar Heels officially begin their 2021-22 season with an exhibition game against Elizabeth City State two Fridays from now, followed by their first regular season contest the Tuesday after that.
UNC basketball’s Dawson Garcia has been named to this season’s Karl Malone Award Watch list. North Carolina sophomore power forward Dawson Garcia is one of 20 players named to the Karl Malone Award Watch list leading up to the 2021-22 college basketball season.
Which Tar Heels will breakout and take control of the team’s fortunes? The last two seasons have been disappointing by UNC’s impeccable standards. While the Tar Heels technically did not miss out on the NCAA Tournament (due to COVID-19), they finished their injury-ravaged 2020 season with a losing record.
Despite it being a new era of UNC Basketball under Hubert Davis, the expectations are high for the program once again. The Tar Heels lost some key players from last year’s team with Day’Ron Sharpe heading to the NBA and both Garrison Brooks and Walker Kessler opting to transfer out.
Mack Brown lands a big one. The best offensive tackle in the class of 2022 has decided he’ll be calling Chapel Hill home. Zach Rice, a five-star recruit out of Liberty Christian Academy, made his much-anticipated announcement on Thursday that he has committed to Mack Brown and the Tar Heels.
The holidays are here! And with shipping rates and times escalating, you need to start shopping for the North Carolina Tar Heels fans in your life. If you’re like me, the sleigh bells are about to start ringing.
Mack Brown and the UNC Football program have done it again. On Thursday, the Tar Heels received some big news in terms of their 2022 recruiting class. Five-star offensive tackle Zach Rice ended his recruitment and picked the Tar Heels over Virginia with a special ceremony at his high school.
Former UNC basketball standout Harrison Barnes came out firing in game one against the Portland Trail Blazers. The Sacramento Kings lost 10 of their final 15 games last season, but Harrison Barnes wasn’t having any of that in Wednesday night’s road season-opener against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Wilcher turned down the pro route plus multiple other Power 5 offers to play for Hubert Davis. Roselle (N.J.) Catholic combo guard Simeon Wilcher is one of the top players in the 2023 class and now he’s committed to North Carolina, picking the Tar Heels over Overtime Elite, Kansas, Connecticut, and Auburn, among many others.
Class of 2024 UNC basketball target Jarin Stevenson is gaining popularity on the recruiting trail. Jarin Stevenson is the first and only class of 2024 prospect to receive a scholarship offer from the North Carolina Tar Heels.
The UNC football program has been underwhelming this season, and more disappointment has hit. Before the season started, wide receiver Khafre Brown was on the watch list of potential break-out players.
Former UNC basketball standout and fan favorite Luke Maye is headed back to North Carolina, as the Greensboro Swarm have acquired rights to him from the Wisconsin Herd. The Greensboro Swarm, the G-League League affiliate of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, have acquired the rights to former North Carolina Tar Heels power forward Luke Maye.
Quick Hitters from North Carolina’s 38-7 home win over Duke on Saturday afternoon. Highlights: Condensed Game: North Carolina’s season success will ultimately be decided by how they perform on the road the rest of the season.